Progress Report: Community Engagement

Executive Leadership: Office of the President

Unit Leadership: Office of Government and Community Relations

Published November 9, 2022

Summary of Progress

Creation of the Community Relations Advisory Council

  • The Community Relations Advisory Council includes representatives from across decanal and VP units and will begin to work toward further unifying and supporting community engagement work by the university.

Development of a Community Engagement Style Guide

  • As outlined in the PACOR Recommendation Matrix, the facilitation of consistent and uniform messaging across all decanal and VP Units is critical to the development of a unified approach to community engagement by the university. The development of the Community Engagement Style Guide has created consistency across the university for how the university crafts content around community engagement efforts.

Development of an Off-Campus Living Guide

  • In collaboration with Student Life, the Office of Community Relations is assisting with the creation of a guide for students who choose to live off campus. Starting at the commencement of the Fall 2024 semester, this guide will serve as a resource for students unfamiliar with the Buffalo area to find safe, acceptable housing, and as an informative resource for City of Buffalo living.

Prioritizing the redevelopment of Allen Hall

  • With the long-term goal of increasing community accessibility and visibility, the Office of Community Relations is now located in its permanent home in Allen Hall.
  •  In consultation with Campus Planning, the public spaces inside Allen Hall will be redesignated for renovation to create two refreshed, modern, and spacious areas designed to host and support community-oriented programming.

Co-Sponsoring and Hosting Community Events – Bringing the Community on to Campus

  • Allen Hall is already hosting community events including an LLC Fair co-sponsored by UB with NYS Assembly Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes to provide support for women and minority-owned businesses by offering start-up expertise and the area of incorporation.
  •  The Office of Community Relations, in coordination with University Events and UBPD, hosts the University United Festival, the largest music festival in East Buffalo. The event attracts thousands of attendees, primarily from the Bailey-Kensington neighborhood and the surrounding communities.
  • In concert with units across the university, the Office of Community Relations coordinates UB’s annual employee “Campaign for the Community.” In 2022, the university community raised more than $600,000 in support of numerous charitable and service organizations across Western New York in conjunction with the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County.

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